Enroll Now for the 2015 Summer Robotics Camps

Summer is right around the corner, which also means it is time to enroll in one of FLATE’s, highly coveted, robotics camps.
FLATE will offer several camps this summer including one exclusively for girls. Given the rave response received last year campers will once again have the opportunity to build and program a Lego® Mindstorms® EV3 Robot. Each camp is focused on ‘hands-on, minds-on’ exercises/challenges that showcase the application of STEM and robotics concepts in everyday, high-tech manufacturing settings.

All camps will be held in the student services building at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon. Cost for each, week-long camp is $175. This year’s schedule and list of camp offerings include:

  • June 15- 19:     Introductory EV3 Robotics Camp for Middle School GIRLS ONLY!
  • June 22-26:      Introductory EV3 Robotics Camp for ALL Middle School students
  • July 6-10:         Introductory EV3 Robotics Camp II for ALL Middle School students
  • July 13-17:       Intermediate EV3 Robotics Camp (A) for middle school students
  • July 20-24:       Intermediate EV3 Robotics Camp (B) for middle school students
  • July 27- 31:     Engineering Technology Camp for High School students

The camps are fun, educational and offer different level of challenges. The introductory and intermediate camps serve as a launching pad for students to learn the basics of EV3 robots and how to program them. During this exciting program, students learn how to reconfigure LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 robots and program them to follow specific commands. They will be part of several ‘robotic team challenges,’ learn design techniques using software programs, see demonstrations of a 3D printer, and write programs to operate the NAO humanoid robot.

The high school camp is poised to provide students with an invigorating experience. Students will use Solidworks and CAD
 to design a functional robotic arm. They will engage in 3D printing process using additive manufacturing techniques, and learn to program an Arduino microprocessor to operate servo motors. Students will gain an understanding about electronics and precision needed for building robots, learn entrepreneurial skills used by successful business owners and tour a local advanced manufacturing facility.

Desh Bagley, FLATE outreach manager and camp director says “the camps are designed to sharpen students’ skills in math, physics, witness the application of scientific principles and new technologies, and examine career and educational pathways
in manufacturing and engineering technologies.” Given FLATE’s sustained commitment to spark interest of girls in STEM, FLATE is once again partnering with Suncoast Credit Union Foundation to provide scholarships for girls from low income families to attend FLATE’s robotics summer camps. There are fourteen scholarships that will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. To qualify for the scholarship, please fill out the registration form that can be downloaded at http://fl-ate.org/projects/camps.html. Girls can receive a scholarship to attend the other weeks of camp; however, girls who select the “Girls Only” robotics camp from June 15-19 will receive first preference for scholarships. Due to the limited number of scholarships, only one girl will be awarded a scholarship to attend FLATE’s camp.

FLATE is also currently working with contractors to develop summer camp curriculum for the EV3. The curriculum package will include all challenges, lessons, and PowerPoints needed to run a five day camp. More information on this will be available later this year. FLATE will also be hosting several robotics camps offsite and around the state. Information about these camps, dates and locations will be available and posted on FLATE’s camp site at www.fl-ate.org/projects/camps.html, and www.madeinflorida.org. Stay tuned for those updates, or Desh Bagley, outreach manager & camp director at camps@fl-ate.org and Dr. Marilyn Barger at barger@fl-ate.org